The Gorenflo's Cobia Tournament celebrates its 30th year next weekend. The Gorenflo's Cobia Tournament is set for April 29-May 1 at the Gorenflo's Tackle and Marina Store.
Fishing in the two-day event is $500 per boat. The mandatory captain's meeting for the two-day tournament will be held at 7 p.m. on April 28 in the Golden Nugget's H20 Pool Bay.
The first day of the weigh-in will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Tackle Shop. The final weigh-in will be held Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Danny Pitalo, tournament Director and weighmaster, expects between 45 and 50 boats to compete in the event. "We had 47 boats last year," he said. "The most we ever had was 74 boats at our 20th anniversary. With all the rain that came through, we expect a lot of fish will get caught."
Pitalo predicts strong fishing in South Mississippi. Cobia is a big reason the Gorenflo's three-day event has remained a hit with Coast anglers over the years.
"Cobia has been a mainstay on the Coast," Pitalo said. "Horn, Ship and Chandeleur Islands will all come into play." Here's some things anglers need to know about the Gorenflo's Tournament:
n Friday: A $1,000 prize will be awarded with the largest fish weighed in.
n Saturday: A $1,500 prize will be awarded for the largest fish weighed in, second place $1,000.
n Sunday: First place, $6,000, second place, $2,000, third place, $1,500, fourth place, $800, fifth place, $600 and sixth place, $500. First through six place prizes awarded for the three-fish total weight.
n If anyone breaks the state and tournament record, 106.8 pounds, the winner will be paid $30,000 cash and wins a 2016 Ford F-150.
n Registered participants waiting in line to weigh fish when scales close will be considered on time. Fish will be held over until the next day.
n The tournament reserves the right to keep any competitive fish for display.
n All registered boats must leave from a Mississippi port and all fish eligible for prize consideration must be brought to the scales, by water, aboard the registered boat on which it was caught. Once a fish is taken off the boat (other than at the weigh station) it will not be eligible in the tournament.
n Fish must be in good edible condition and properly iced. Fish must be properly gaffed. Fish that looks harpooned, frozen, mutilated, or shot will be refused.
n Prizes not claimed at the awards ceremony or within six days after the tournament will remain property of the tournament at Gorenflo's Tackle Shop. Captain of the boat will be given the award or prize. Prizes will not be awarded before the ceremony.